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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Life goes on, but now the end is in sight

Day 19 5/13

Well lets see about today. I have started my attack on Yosemite Valley trying to experience as much of it as possible. I woke up at 5am took a sunrise walk to lower yosemite falls, and around the area. Then I ate breakfast at 7:30am around hours earlier then I have been getting up. Followed by a couple more hours of sleep. Then I spent over an hour exploring/trying to find free wifi, I ended up finding some a good length shuttle ride away. Then I made and ate lunch and started on my big hike of the day. I unfortunately started in the hottest part of the day but once I got high enough it got cool. I hiked to upper yosemite falls. The trail climbs around 900m(3000 feet) in about 6km(4miles) one way. It was a very steep exhausting climb but very energizing and beautiful. I also got some time at the top to sit and read my book. I timed the hike so that I would have nice evening/sunset light on the walk back down and spent a pleasant time at an overlook most of the way down the slope. Then it was dinner time and then I drove out to tunnel lookout to make some night photographs of the valley. Next is bedtime, nice warm comfy bed and sleep. 

Day 20 5/14

This morning I took a nice early sunrise walk. I unfortunately just missed some nicely colored clouds over half dome but I did get to see a coyote. I also checked out the cute chapel they have here. It is very heavily photographed and I have looked at many of it but I noticed that the trees are a lot bigger now then in most of the photographs I have seen. After taking the day relatively easily I took another walk. I have again been in a photo motivation low point but gained some of it back on this hike which started out great will all sorts of neat things to photograph, I have noticed when I am not motivated I go micro, but then the I lost the trail and had to hike along the road for awhile then found the trail again only to realize that it was totally wet and muddy in many places. All in all I was low sprites when I got back to the car but I decided I still wanted to go check out under the falls that I had goon by earlier. I had started up the trail when someone warned me that it really rained on you farther up. I decided to wait on that stop so that I wouldn't be wet the whole hike. I then went there right before returning to camp and boy was it fun the trail was a river higher then my ankles and cold and the fall just rained on you. Many sections of trail here get misted on by the many falls but this was like way more it was pouring. I managed to make a couple photographs trying to have my camera out of the ziplock as little time as possible but was very wet and exhilarated going back to the car, o and a little COLD. I ended up getting detoured on the way back to camp by some cool clouds over half dome that I had to photograph even though it was already full night. Finally I got in dry clothes, ate some warm soup, and finished off my smore's with my camping mates. 

Day 21 5/15

Today it snowed. I woke up and decided to not take a sunrise walk since it was cold, snowing and there was no sun to rise. I ended up staying in the tent till almost noon reading and staying comfy and photo-less. I ventured out for a brief stint and got some neat photos but am now kicking myself for not taking advantage of all the amazing photo opportunities. But I did have a good morning not being out in the cold inclement weather. Staying in the tent so late shortened the day considerably but I still managed to take ashore hike, get some neat pictures of the stormy snow covered area, and sometimes brief openings of almost sunshine. Now I am inside warm and working on the computer trying to get ready to send in a big photo order so that I can have prints ready for graduation. I unfortunately don't feel like I caught up very much, or at all, and now am going to head out and see what photos are to be had before it gets dark.  

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